Friday, March 13, 2015

Celebrate the Small Things



It's Friday again and time for this great hop - Celebrate the Small Things!!!  And the purpose of it is simply to put a smile on our faces. So many little things happen every week which make us smile, but then we forget them. Not anymore, thanks to Lexa Cain and her wonderful helpers.

L.G. Keltner @ Writing Off The Edge
Katie @ TheCyborgMom








This week, I'm celebrating. . .

1) Warm weather! It hit 80 degrees on Wednesday and it was beautiful. Okay, the rest of the week has been more in the lower 60's, but Spring is definitely on it's way. And with the warmer weather, we had our first visitors.


This cute little guy (a possum) was in our chicken coop!!! Luckily, he was more scared of my kids all trying to peek through the windows and doors then he was interested in trying to get the chickens. My oldest son wanted to 'chase' the possum out, so while he got a broom handle, he locked all the doors with possum and three chickens inside. Afterwards, my son and I sat down for a talk about how it might not be the best idea to close the predator in with the prey.



Yep, you guessed it. This is an armadillo. The things are cute, but a royal pain in the neck...and everywhere (worse than rabbits). Oh, and did you know they are the only mammal to carry leprosy? Yep, even here in the U.S. So no touch!



2) The Friends of the Library book sale! For a small town (only 4,000), we did great and earned over $1200 for new books in three days. More reading for me...*cough* I mean others.





3) Mud! *ssshhhhh* (This isn't something my hubs should hear. He's a gentle soul.) But now that all of the ice and snow has melted, our small dirt road has some pretty awesome *cough*...yes, awesome mud areas! My four-wheel beast (that's what I call my suburban with this great lift kit *manly grrrr*) and I have been having a little fun.



Oh, and if you have a second.... and if you've always dreamed that your grandma was a ninja. . .then head over to Bookworm for Kids to see this great new picture book for kids. Maybe I'm signing up for ninja classes soon.   Wait. Change that. I want to be a Grandma ninja. Training starts today!



And what about you? What has put a smile on your face this past week? See a butterfly yet? Get to dance in the rain? Did you buy yourself that pair of shoes you always wanted to have? Or maybe you're getting your motorcycle ready for the season? What are you celebrating????







27 comments:

  1. They carry leprosy? I had no idea.
    Have fun bouncing down your road through all the holes and puddles!

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  2. My goodness! It's a zoo where you live - and apparently a muddy one! lol Loved the pics! "Friends of the Library" is always good. I love libraries. I spent wonderful hours in my hometown one when I was a kid. Thanks for bringing back such good memories. :)

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    1. Glad to wake those happy thoughts :)

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  3. 80 degrees and a cute little possum to boot. You are lucky! Enjoy.

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  4. YES for warm weather! It hit high 60's for us in Seattle, so I can consider that warm now ;)

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    1. That sounds warm for up there. Actually, we found the 80's a bit on the warm side. We're picky ;)

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  5. Enjoy the mud! There's nothing quite as fun as icky, sticky, oozy mud….

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  6. Love the "manly grr" for the special package on your vehicle! :) And yikes, armadillos carry leprosy?! - I didn't know that.
    I love library book sales - I wish I could have been there. I have a hard time leaving those without a grocery store bag full of books, or two, or one for each person in our family. Our library hasn't had one in a while though . . . sigh. The shelf of "friends of the library" ongoing sale just doesn't get me as excited as a huge room full of books and book lovers all crowded together for one day.
    Have fun with that mud!

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    1. You'd love our $1 a bag sale on Saturday then. It is wonderful to walk into a room filled with books...and talk about them with others too. Heaven!

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  7. Our temps are heading up, too--but without possums and armadillos. They really carry leprosy? Who knew?

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    1. I didn't believe the leprosy thing at first, but after some research discovered it's true! About 15 cases a year appear in the U.S., but usually it's because the ppl were hunting and eating the armadillos. Still, I don't let the kids near them.

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  8. I was amazed to learn armadillos carry leprosy. That's scary. I didn't even think leprosy existed in the US. I enjoyed all the humor in your post. As for the possum, we get them here, too, in our backyard (Sacramento), and they aren't as cute as yours: The adults dig holes in our backyard lawn. Sigh.

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    1. I think ours was still a baby. The holes would be a pain. That's what the armadillos do here.

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  9. Omg! I had no idea about the armadillos! Ick! Ick!!

    *composes self*
    It hasn't gotten up to 80 here yet, but it's been nice and cloudy. ^_^

    Mud, huh? ;) Never would have guessed!

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    1. Ooo.. I could have a mud cake making party!

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  10. Tonja, I laughed at the son locking the possum in with the prey! "Love, Eat, Prey."
    Congratulations on the book sale! Mud - slipping and sliding - I resemble that remark.
    Have a great weekend, (smile).

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    1. My son's almost 18. Seriously, I wonder what he was thinking. Lol! There's a reason I stay in my truck in the mud. Me walking on it would be tons more slipping, sliding, and splat!

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  11. Wow you get some different wildlife there. The most exotic I get in the garden is a squirrel. 80 degrees sounds nice.

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    1. Living here has been a huge change from city animal life. Oh, and the squirrels have gone absolutely crazy lately. Like a squirrel explosion

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  12. Leprosy? Yeah, definitely don't touch those! Have a great weekend :)

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  13. Great news about the library sale! And I'm so happy to see spring coming in too. We went to a maple syrup festival last weekend and the mud, OH! So much deep mud. People were losing shoes and boots and our car barely made it out of the parking area. Have a good weekend. :)

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  14. I'm celebrating that all my stuff arrived today. ^_^ I recently moved across six states, and while I like my new apartment, it felt empty without my desk and bed and books. But everything's here now. And while I haven't unpacked it all yet, it makes me really happy to know that this place can feel like home now, not just a really big hotel room.

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  15. Congratulations on your warm weather--and your book sale! And um, apologies on the potential for leprosy. Grandma ninjas sounds like an utterly awesome concept!

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  16. I'm celebrating the warmer weather too! Our county has a huge used book sale every summer an we love going! It's very popular and held at the middle school. Hoping my foot is healthy enough to be able to go this year!

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  17. The book sale sounds like it was a success. I love book sales! :D

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